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Professionals' Perceptions of their Practices with Parents of Young Children

Francine De Montigny, Carl Lacharité

This study is intended to describe professionals’ beliefs and perceptions with regard to their help-giving practices towards parents of young children as well as to examine the nature of the relationships between these beliefs and perceptions, and the reality of such help-giving principles and practices. A descriptive, quantitative, correlational study was carried out with 203 professionals. A model of professionals’ involvement in family care and services was unveiled. When professionals adopt empowerment principles, they tend to perceive parents more positively, and succeed in applying collaborative practice towards the parents of young children who experience vulnerable conditions such as poverty.